Magazine article Talent Development

Welcome Generation Z to Work

Magazine article Talent Development

Welcome Generation Z to Work

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Tired of hearing about Millennials? Ready to start thinking about their little brothers and sisters? According to consulting firm Robert Half, Generation Z (individuals born between 1990 and 1999) will make up more than 20 percent of the workforce in the next five years.

Gen Z, which has grown up with the Internet and can hardly remember life before smartphones, has surprisingly conservative career expectations. In a Robert Half survey of college students between the ages of 18 and 25, the majority (79 percent) said they want to work for a large to midsized organization. Asked where they see themselves five years out of college, 32 percent said they want to be managing employees in a corporate environment, and 24 percent said they envision themselves in a corporate environment but not yet in a management role.

These are ambitious but realistic expectations, and reflect this generation's desire for job and financial security, says Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. "[Gen Zers have] been front-row observers of the struggles individuals have had with the financial crisis over the past 10 years. …

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